Tokyo University of the Arts
The main campus of Tokyo University of the Arts is located in Ueno Park, a historic area in north-central Tokyo famous for museums, spring cherry blossoms and examples of Edo period architecture. The university is regarded as the most prestigious institute for fine arts and music in Japan. The high-level entry examination ensures that the only the highest-caliber students are admitted. The university boasts many distinguished artists on its teaching staff and outstanding facilities. The University Library contains about half a million volumes relating to fine arts and music, many of which are rare and valuable. In 1998, the new concert hall Sôgakudô, a triumph of both architectural and acoustic achievement, was built as a replacement to the aging and deteriorating wooden concert hall and with the purpose of facilitating demanding new types of performance. The University Art Museum, a major collection of artifacts of national importance, plays a central role in the preservation of Japan’s cultural assets and the presentation of university work to the general public. The Faculty of Fine Arts owns an off-campus research center in Nara, one of the ancient capitals of Japan, home to many of the nation’s cultural assets. Accommodation is provided, allowing students and staff access to the many research and preservation projects taking place in the region. The university is keen to strengthen its overseas links, developing in recent years a number of exchange programs with institutes of fine arts and music overseas.
Graduate School of Film and New Media, Department of Animation
The Department of Animation in the Graduate School of Film and New Media at Tokyo University of the Arts aims to reconfigure the increasingly diffuse world of animation, evaluate the originality of animation in this country from an international perspective, and focus on education, research and the cultivation of creative talent in order to sustain this genre’s autonomous development.
Curriculum (Graduate Education and Research)
The Department of Animation is developing a corpus of required subjects including animation methods and production in collaborative environments, and is creating opportunities for hands-on experience and study of animation as a visual art. The department is collaborating with animation creators and introducing new perspectives on the animation production system and new ways of critiquing animation to cultivate the appreciation of animation as an art form.